Television and Media

You might not think that a visit to a dry cleaner would give rise to insight about Chapter 7 and Chapter 13, but I was reminded of several very relevant issues while chatting with the two women who worked behind the counter. I have been a customer of this laundry service for several years and […]

America has become addicted to reality shows but are these shows truly set in reality or are they helping to bankrupt our souls and bank accounts? The shows are fascinating from a psychological point but nothing more.

Earlier this month, I posted a rebuttal to a Forbes online article written by a tax lawyer named Stephen Dunn.  Mr. Dunn opines that usually Chapter 7 is not the best option for debtors facing severe financial hardship. Noted consumer advocate Gerri Detweiler saw my Bankruptcy Law Network post and invited me to guest post […]

This week’s Forbes magazine contains an editorial by tax lawyer Steven J. Dunn entitled “Consumer Bankruptcies do More Harm than Good.”   Mr. Dunn acknowledges that he is not a bankruptcy lawyer (although he knows a few bankruptcy lawyers – including his son, who once represented a bank in a lawsuit against the president of a […]

In earlier posts, two bankruptcies filed by debtors appearing in Bravo Television reality shows were discussed.   Terese Giudice who appears on Real Housewives of New Jersey and Sonja Morgan who appears on Real Housewives of New York City each filed banruptcy.   Ms. Giudice filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy (consumer bankruptcy); Ms. Morgan filed a Chapter […]

The lead article in the Economy section of the June 18, 2010 New York Times offers revealing insight into the practices of “debt settlement” companies.   Debt settlement companies position themselves as alternatives to bankruptcy, suggesting that they have insight into “secrets that the credit card companies don’t want you to know.”   In fact, the business […]